FIA GT Championship
Round 11 Zhuhuai
GT Pole Position : Matteo Bobbi - nr 1 BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 550 : "It has not been so easy this weekend, but we worked hard yesterday and found a good set-up for both qualifying and the race. The car is really very good for the race, I think even better than for qualifying. It will be really hard to beat the Maserati cars, who have four very good drivers, but we will try to do our best. It is very good to be here in China; the race will be hard tomorrow but it will be a good challenge."
N-GT Pole Position : Christian Pescatori .- nr 62 GPC Giesse Squadra Corse Ferrari 360 Modena : "Normally my car is very fast in qualifying. Today we tried new Pirelli tyres for qualifying for this circuit, and the car was very good; I hope it will be good in the race tomorrow too. The problem tomorrow is the traffic and, for my car, the braking."
2nd in GT : Johnny Herbert - nr 34 AF Corse Maserati MC 12 : "I'm happy with the set-up of the car for the race; we did a lot of work for the race, as we normally do, and the car is very driveable. The problem is going to be the dirt on the outside of the line, which I think will cause a lot of problems and make things very difficult. We hope to score some points this weekend, which is nice. Before we could win but it wasn't a proper win, so it is nice that everything is now complete."
2nd in N-GT : Emmanuel Collard - nr 50 Freisinger Yukos Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-RS : "The feeling is good because our car is very quick. Things are very close between the Ferrari and the other Porsche, but we just need to finish on the podium to win the title, so that is our target tomorrow. We have to drive very easily and make no mistakes and it should be OK:"
3rd in GT : Mika Salo - nr 33 AF Corse Maserati MC 12 : "The car is OK; we had some new tyres from Pirelli which are very good and consistent. We did some long runs yesterday and we can do fairly good lap times all the time. For qualifying I was trying hard, I had a few problems with traffic but I don't think I could have gone much faster, maybe a tenth or two. But their lap time was very good and I don't think I could beat that."
3rd in N-GT : Sascha Maassen - nr 99 Freisinger Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-RS : "We had a minor leak in the engine yesterday, so we thought to play safe and change the engine. Today everything went well; in the first qualifying I was slow, and a bit quicker in the second compared to the others. We are working hard for tomorrow, and we hope to overtake the two cars ahead of us and hopefully win the race."
4th in GT : Christophe Bouchut - nr 3 Care Racing Ferrari 550 : "It's going well, but the set-up is not yet as I would like it. Globally, I am pleased with what I have done, and fourth place with 100 kg is a good result for this car. If we can improve the car still further we will really be up with the leaders. The important thing is to have a car that is good for us all to drive for the race tomorrow. I hope to have a good race tomorrow to close the season."
4th in N-GT : Marc Lieb - nr 88 Gruppe M Porsche 996 GT3-RS : "After yesterday we improved the car a lot, and we were really quite close to the other Porsches, which is not bad considering they have been here all season. It's a good improvement, and I think the closest the team has ever been to the Freisinger Porsches. We have a good race car, and with a bit of luck I think we should finish on the podium."
5th in GT : Alex Margaritis - nr 4 Konrad Motorsport Saleen S7 : "In second qualifying we were very happy, we were one of the few ones who improved. Walter did a good job on new tyres and went a tenth quicker, then improved to fifth place. Then I went again in the tyres with the old tyres and I was only a few tenths slower than Walter. I am very pleased because the times were there, we improved two places and we are the best Saleen which is important. If we have no problems with the car, I think we can really manage a podium finish tomorrow, as we are both fast and the car is excellent on the old tyres."
6th in GT : Tommy Erdos - nr 7 RML Saleen S7 : "Things are going well, and we were happy with qualifying. We were fifth after the first session, and the first Saleen, which is always good, and flying the flag for Dunlop. In the second qualifying, Mike ran and he did a great job. We lost one position as Walter went a tenth quicker than my time, but sixth on the grid and the third row is pretty good. I think that the early laps are going to be a bit difficult tomorrow."
7th in GT : Iradj Alexander - nr 17 JMB Racing Ferrari 575 M Maranello : "This is my first time in the Ferrari 575 M Maranello; I am here as third driver to help Karl Wendlinger and Tarso Marques. We were unlucky yesterday as we had a problem on the car and lost a lot of time in free practice. I haven't driven so much, and the track is new for me too, as it is for most of the drivers. I am really happy as I immediately had a good feel for the car. The team has done a good job, and I hope we can have a good result tomorrow. "
10th in N-GT : Ben Collins - nr 85 RJN Motorsport Nissan 350 Z : "We improved on our time from yesterday by about a second and a half on new tyres, so that is pretty good. We are slowly catching the others; we are still developing and trying to do everything we can to make the car stable for tomorrow; our main aim will be to run our own race. We've learnt a lot about the braking, we've learnt tons about the car to examine when we get back to Europe."
12th in GT : Philipp Peter - nr 13 GPC Giesse Squadra Corse Ferrari 575 M Maranello : "This morning we were not so happy with the set up, so we changed it. We're still not so happy, so we will change it again tomorrow for the warm-up and try some different strategies. I think it is going to be a tough race, you can see how many cars have spun out today, so it's a case of trying to survive. We are not in a position to attack the others, so we have to try and have a constant race. We will see."
14th in GT : Luca Drudi - nr 2 BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 550 : "this is my first time in a Ferrari 550, and I am very pleased because I am making progress; each time I go out, I am getting quicker. The car is exceptional, very easy to drive, very fast but most importantly it is a car that when you have really understood how it works, you can do a lap and be really surprised by the lap time at the end. This year, I've driven a Seikel Porsche in the Proximus 24 Hours of Spa, and the GPC Ferrari 360 in Dubai; the rest of the year I've been driving a Ferrari 360 in Italy. I was here in Zhuhai in 1995, on the city circuit, in a Ferrari F40. The city has changed a lot since then - and the car has changed quite a lot too ! I've known Fabrizio Gollin for a long time; he is a good friend and he suggested that I drive the car - he is here beside me and is helping a lot. The car should be good for the race tomorrow, but with 100 kg in the car, we might have some problems with tyre wear."